2015 Hyundai Sonata Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

4.12/5 Average
72 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The Hyundai Sonata is redesigned for 2015 with a more refined look and a larger cabin. A new Eco trim level with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine also debuts, although the more powerful 2.0T trim level has nearly 30 fewer horsepower.

Pros:
  • Smooth ride
  • Lots of standard and optional features for the money
  • Quiet and roomy interior
  • Solid build quality.
Cons:
  • Sweeping roof line compromises headroom for taller passengers.
  • Disappointing acceleration from Sport 2.0T

User Reviews:

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  • Amazing bang for buck value here - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    Leased a new Sonata after owning a 2007 and wanting something with more pizaz. Looked at/drove the Mazda 6, Mazda 3, Genesis, Sonata, and Ford Taurus. Mazda 6 was pretty peppy for a heavier 4-cylinder sedan but I didn't think it quite had the rep everyone built it up to have in other reviews. The 3 is an amazing little car and handled like a dream but in the end we decided we wanted something larger. The Genesis was hands down the best thing we touched all day with the AWD package on it. Even with the 3.8 it had some MAJOR giddiup to it. The Sonata balanced out the 3 and Genesis offering both decent handling quality and acceleration. We then drove the Taurus to essentially rule it out.

  • Comfortable commuter car for tall guy - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    After looking at many different cars in this class I chose the Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4L with the Sport Premium Package. Being 6'5" I was looking for something with plenty of room for me an comfortable seats that still got good gas mileage. My first long trip was 340 miles round trip out I-70 and I-68 to Morgantown, WV. I averaged 31 MPG even given that it is a very mountainous trip and was very comfortable. I paid $22k and was $23,800 out the door with tax,tag and fees plus the $200 add on for tinted windows that I need to take back to have done still. My two kids had plenty of room in the back as well.

  • If you want a Missile... - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    What can I say about our Sonata? Rocket! Though this vehicle has less horsepower than its former rendition, and its Kia Optima counterpart, this vehicle is nonetheless stunning. The Hyundai Sonata has a more refined and mature look than the Optima. Though they are essentially the same car, the Optima uses a larger Turbo Charger, and consequently gets worse fuel mileage. But lets also be realistic in this department. When you are purchasing the vehicle with the "HOT" engine you are really not interested in fuel economy, you're interested in HORSEPOWER. Nevertheless, the Sonata 2.0L Turbo puts out a fairly respectful 245 Horses. With the electronic traction control, this powerplant slings this vehicle down the road pretty quick and will give you a fairly stout launch onto the highway. Using the paddle shifters will give you that much more control over getting this sedan launched to Mars. The power comes up very quick with the twin scroll turbo, there is almost no lag, as there is in the Optima. This aspect gives the Sonata a slight edge in getting to the power band quicker, but it is limited by the smaller turbo. That said, the average driver will never know the difference. What is more entertaining is picking on the Toyota Camry owners whom "think" their Camry Sport is a quick car. Nope, its not. I have smoked more Camry's and Accords than I care to mention here. I throw respect to the Optima owners. As for you Corolla S and Honda Civic Owners, YUMMY! The interior of this vehicle is very nicely laid-out and in my opinion, (and end reason for purchase), thought out better than the Kia Optima. This is not to say the Optima is any lesser of a vehicle, it simply did not appeal to what I was looking for, so please don't read too much into that aspect. This vehicle was designed and developed for sheer "Bang for the Buck", and regardless of the model you choose, you will find huge value in the options. The suspension in the Sport models has been tuned and firmed up from the other renditions of this same car. This vehicle is nearly silent at highway speeds, and rides so smooth, you really need to set the cruise control to avoid getting an invitation to Traffic School. So keeping your eye on the Speedo is a must. The turn radius for this vehicle is quite tight. I was expecting to have to do a stop and continue U-Turn in a couple of intersections near my home as they are fairly narrow. Nope, this vehicle handled them without an issue. This vehicle has been into Hyundai for the regular maintenance and for a factory recall on the Driver's Side Seat-Belt. Other than that one issue, there has been no mechanical issues with this vehicle. This vehicle has been wonderful, and we have no complaints with this car.

  • Good not Great - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    Purchased 2 weeks ago. Bought in Florida and drove back to Missouri. Overall this is a fine car for the money after rebates and discounts. I like cooled leather seats so I bought this instead of Toyota, Honda, etc. It's put together very well, drives great, and is super quiet. The engine sounds a bit strange but at higher speed it is unnoticeable. Car is plenty fast... much better than 2.4l. Gas mileage is ok but should be better - 28mpg on 1000k mile trip home at 75-80 mph. In town it hovers around 24-26 mpg. Overall for all the features it is a good value. Best Nav in the business. Seats are a bit hard but with good support, so be sure to check it out before you buy.

  • A rental drive won me over! - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    My previous car was a 2009 Sonata Limited. It was a good value car, reliable and dependable, but it wasn't a particularly exciting car to drive. So, when the time came to look for a replacement, the 2015 Sonata was not on my list - I had driven a Mazda6, an Accord (of which I had previously owned 3), and a Legacy (still own a 2003 wagon) - all terrific cars. But when I needed to rent a car to drive to the North Carolina Outer Banks for a vacation, the rental company gave me a 2015 Sonata SE. It only took me about 5 miles to realize that this was an entirely different car from my 2009. It handled much more tightly, was tomb-quiet, seats were amazingly comfortable, highway ride was terrific, interior design and controls were where they should be - everything just "fit." When I returned from putting 1200 miles on the rental, I knew the 2015 Sonata needed to be on my list. No, it was not as sporty to drive as either the Mazda 6 or the Accord, and it didn't have the AWD of the Legacy. But it had won over not only my head, but my heart as well. To me, I get 90% of the driving quality/enjoyment of the Mazda 6, whereas the 6's taut ride gives me only 60% of the Sonata's ride quality. The Legacy's AWD was also a big draw. But the Sonata was just the best overall car for me and my wife. And the deal we got from Hyundai was markedly better than the deals offered on the other models, so the deal was sealed. We are now happily driving a 2.4 Limited (power is just fine, by the way), averaging right at 30+ mpg in mixed driving, and we have every technological and safety feature (except AWD) we could want. And finally, while looks are subjective, I think the 2015 Sonata looks much more refined than the 2014 model. If you are looking for a midsize sedan, don't overlook this car. It may not exactly fit your needs, but it surely fits ours. I am nearly 65, and this will be our "retirement trip" car for the next number of years. We are very happy with our purchase!

  • Feeling Mislead - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    Never again, Hyundai. I chose this car over the Camry and Accord based on the ride and rich set of features that were advertised with it. The Blue Link option was what tipped me over the edge in going the Hyundai. It's been three months since I bought the car and I've found that some of those Blue Link options were just vaporware...items that were advertised, but never materialized. Things like Geo Fencing and Valet and Speed Alert, which were prominently advertised when I bought the car are still not available in my car and no longer appear on Hyundai's marketing site.

  • Pretty much what I expected - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    If you do your homework, this car doesn't offer many surprises. However, I would say the comfort and engine aren't as terrible as some say it is. It's a family sedan, so you won't do 0-60 races that often. There's some turbo lag to get it off the line. However, the mid-range strength is about what you'd expect from 245hp and does not disappoint. Plus, if you need more agility, you can use the shifter paddles and you'll be zipping around fast enough to guarantee tickets. The seats in the Sport are stiffer, but also provide more lateral support - they are not Mercedes quality, but then you can get a loaded Sport for less than $25K. In terms of value, this one is hard to beat.

  • Very Solid Midsizer - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    I traded in a 2013 Ford Fusion for a 2015 Hyundai Sonata back in mid October. After having the car for a little over a month I can say the new Sonata is a very solid choice in the crowded mid-sized car segment. It's very comfortable, has a smooth and quiet ride and also gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion I traded in. The car has adequate power and also is very roomy. The only cons I would say about the car is it's not as exciting to drive as say the Mazda 6 and also the styling is a little more conservative than the outgoing model but is still a very sleek looking car! So far on fuel mileage I'm averaging around 31 mpg combined and with the Fusion I got about 27.

  • A low-key yet VERY competent car, and a great value - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    Having come from a 300 horsepower Volvo S60-R (their attempt at a sports car), which proved to be quite unreliable, I was looking for a car that would be a great value, dependable, and still somewhat fun to drive. I knew at this price point it'd be a challenge. The 2.0T "Sport" trim, is definitely a tighter ride and more power than the 2.4 non-turbo. I'd call it "sportier" but not a sports car. However, I really, really it. By reconfiguring the engine to crank out torque around 1350 RPM, there's next-to-no turbo lag, and that much more usable power, especially in daily conditions. Very happy with this purchase. This car just goes about it's job really well!

  • Great car, no complaints - 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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    A few months ago, I bought a new 2015 Sonata Limited 2.0T. Hyundai moved from the Sport 2.0 with the Ultimate package to the Limited 2.0T. Not sure of the difference between the two but both have a lot of features. The Limited 2.0T I bought has the turbo paired with a four-cylinder engine (245 hp), leather, heated and cooled seats, panoramic sunroof, navigation, great sound system and a bunch of safety features, including rearview backup camera, smart cruise, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and a cool brake hold button that in stopped traffic lets you keep it in drive and take your foot off the gas pedal. I traded in a 2009 Sonata Limited V6 (which never had any problems – just did the regular maintenance and drove it to 108,000 miles before trading in and got another 100,000-mile Hyundai warranty). I test drove a lot of cars and SUVs and narrowed my final list down to the Sonata, Ford Fusion with turbo and AWD and the Suburu Legacy V6 with AWD. I have a 40-mile roundtrip commute on highways through the Cascade Mountains in rainy Washington State. I really wanted AWD because of the weather here but the Fusion and Legacy dealerships simply would not negotiate much of a deal with me. Also, the Sonata Limited 2.0T included many more features and, at least to my eye, the build quality appears really good. I was able to negotiate with several Hyundai dealerships and get good deals on both a substantially discounted new 2015 Sonata and above-Edmunds price on my trade-in. (Note in negotiating: get pre-approved for a loan then make dealerships compete on the price of the car; don’t get too picky on a color as that reduces your ability to negotiate. I made three different dealerships compete – via phone and email – on a price and worked the last one down another $1,000 from a price with incentives already $7,000 below MSRP. Then in the finance office I told them I was pre-approved and they actually got a loan via Hyundai at an even lower rate than my already very low rate). I love Hyundai’s long warranties but watch out for dealer options in the dealership finance office. Why do you need any extended warranties when the regular one is so good? One dealer option in particular, a high-tech service to track your car if stolen, is sometimes included in your contract. It sometimes is as high as $750 or $1,000! They told me it would lower my car insurance. Check with your auto insurance (my auto insurance covers my cars if stolen – no need for it). So far I love the Sonata. The steering is much, much better than my 2009 Sonata. It has three driving modes: Sport, Regular and Eco. The car really gets sporty in Sport and that’s a good time to use the paddle shifters. Eco is for saving gas. I drive mostly in the Regular setting. I liked the extra power of my V6 so was attracted to the turbo, which appears to be a very good engine with some notable differences. The V6 engine really was pretty fast, and could take off quickly. The turbo is not at all in the class of a V6 in starting out from a stop but in the mid-range speeds pulls very well, which is what I was interested in anyway in highway driving. I am getting about 32 mpg highway and about 26 to 27 combined, better than my V6. If you do much highway driving the smart cruise works well and is a great feature. The blind-spot detection has already saved me from an accident. The lane departure warning is annoying and you can turn it off. The cabin is large. I am 6 feet 2 inches tall and weigh 260 pounds and am very comfortable (the front seats lower). The pull-down sunscreens for the back seats have been a huge hit with kids trying to take a nap. The navigation system is good. Very few beefs: the trunk is large but the trunk opening is narrow; I wish the audio/radio had a mute (maybe I just haven’t found it yet) and visibility is slightly obscured to the rear but the rearview camera helps with that. I don’t like the flashy chrome along the sides (tacky) but like the overall slightly Genesis look much better than the fluidic sculpture design of the previous model. The car is comfortable, very quiet, no rattles or squeaks and so far very enjoyable, with no problems. It does not have AWD and does not drive as well as the Fusion (though much better than the Legacy) but I overall am very happy with my purchase.

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